Solution to a Common V-Star Problem?
Maybe someone can chime in and explain what happened better than I can, but here's a solution to what's been called, on the internet, a common problem with the V-Star 650. This is also a problem that doesn't seem to ever get a straight answer given as to how to fix it, hence why I wanted to post here.
Background: I bought a 2001 V-Star 650 with 7400 miles on it for $420. The guy said he hadn't rode it in about 3 years, the plates expired 5 years ago.
I bought the bike, and got my brother to rebuild the carbs. It started on full choke, but died on closed choke. I recleaned the carbs a couple more times, and it started idling well with the choke closed.
When I twisted the throttle, the bike would rev up until about 1/2 throttle, and then start to die while in neutral. When in gear, it gave no indication of having any power. (This is the problem I've seen described elsewhere, but with no answer ever given.)
My brother suggested that the carbs were sucking in too much air, from a possible leak somewhere. I checked all of the vacuum tubes, the intakes, etc, with no luck. Nothing I did would get the carbs to stop sucking in too much air.
Finally, I stumbled across the solution. During all of this testing, I had the air filter assembly off of the bike. Apparently, the air filter housing and assembly restrict a lot of air from the carburetors.
Reinstalling the assembly in full caused my bike to run perfectly.
I don't know if this will work in all cases, and I may be wrong about this being the same problem as some of the others I've read about on line, but thought I'd let others know what worked for me.
If anyone else can explain why it works, or correct me if I'm wrong about what fixed my bike, please chime in. I'd love to understand more about how this bike works.